by S. Rotan Hale
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, in northwest Roanoke, hosted a meet the artist event Sunday, Oct 12 celebrating the 90th birthday of photographer/musician Bob Hale a notable artist and one of the church’s oldest members.
Sitting on the porch of his modest two-story home located several doors from the church on Patton Ave., the Roanoke native reminisced about the life and times of his colorful and storied past.
With the setting Autumn sun glistening against his white beard, Hale speaks with the jovial and gentle spirit of a monastic monk. “I had two young people that actually wanted me to be their guru,” he said making reference to when he once studied Yoga while living in Boston, MA.
Elaborating on what he learned from Yoga, he impressively explained, “We as humans exist on 3 levels; a conscious level, a subconscious level and the physical self. Our lives are totally dependent on how we process things. We may choose to reject something consciously, thinking we’re unaffected by it. But eventually it will flare up–awakened from the subconscious realm and render the psychic unstable to some degree. This state (of mind) often poses potentially troubling results as we’ve experience in today’s society with school shootings, high crime, etc.”
Hayward Statum, longtime businessman and resident of Roanoke Valley is charting a new course. Statum, the previous owner of Statum Chevrolet, Friendly Lincoln-Mercury and current owner of Candy Automotive, is becoming landlord to the new tenant who will occupy Candy’s facility in the near future.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences is hosting the 3rd Annual “Jefferson College 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk” on Saturday, Nov. 8, presented by Medical Facilities of America, an exclusive provider of LifeWorks Rehab.